Crochet mandalas

Crochet mandalas are very popular . It’s the colours peole use and then the visual impact. Great way to use up oddments, spend a happy rainy afternoon or have an on the go project which fills in small amounts of time when you want a break from bigger things. Mandalas look different in home spun wool or yarn. The pattern definition is not as stark and it will look more like a watercolour. Commercial yarn is very even and doesn’t have the texture. You use what you want to create the visual effect which suits your project. They can be framed, used as cushions or bags. They can go on the back of jackets or be grown into blankets or table covers. They are pleasing to the eye and this mandala is a good way to start.

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Weaving wonders

Peter and John really keep us interested and delighted with all their different weaving patterns and projects. Their work just gets better and better and more and more intricate. This week they brought along different things to share. Using a heddle loom is very good brain and memory training and ultimately it is a rigorous discipline and then a creative joy because there is lots of puzzling involved. The bottom two pictures are what they are currently working on. John’s on the left has variegated colours and is very interesting visually. Peter has variegated colours too and his work is looking good. He has picked up his weaving skills quickly. Top left is John’s blanket and we all loved that. It was the colours and then how soft and blankety it was! The scarves are Peter’s. His wife , Marina, has learned how to make the twisted tassles on the middle one and she knitted pockets to match on the one on the left. We enjoy looking at their work and projects and cannot believe what they can produce by way of fabric.

Felted wonders

Alexis’ felted waistcoat created some good conversations about colour, felting technique and wearable felting. Alexis’ felted clothes are wearable because her felted fabric is soft and supple. The grey lining is the bottom of the felted piece. The waistcoat has silk in it as well. It is just lovely.

Breathing space

wool and alpacaWe are out of our usual venue for a couple of weeks while upgrades go on. The bowling club has kindly taken us in and it’s a very relaxing space for us all. Some of us were spinning. Others brought along knitting or crocheting, or,  as in Sheila’s case, a  big bag of stuff to sort. We appear to have allowed ourselves an opportunity to breathe a bit and organise our ideas and approach in this time away from our usual club rooms. It’s like a creative holiday.

Sheila had a big bag of cakes and skeins pf yarn which she had spun and dyed. She spent her time sorting through it to see what she had and we got a chance to look at some lovely spun wool and alpaca. There were nice natural and dyed colours.

Our lives get get overly busy at times and it is important to take your time to look through your stash and yarns so you can go forward more confidently. Life is life and it can take over and then you can find yourself with stuff and half finished things and not know which way to go. To free yourself up you have to take a leaf out of Sheila’s book. She has been really bsuy but she is the first one to tell you that creativity cannot be hurried . She will also tell you to take your time and enjoy what you are doing. She used our group time to look through what she had done and sort it out. She would have got ideas from others and would have been thinking out her own ideas as well. We work together in a very connected way. Her plan is to make beanies. You cannot think that out unless you know what your stash looks like and you have a clear picture of what is available to you. First things first and forward is forward even if it does seem to be taking a while to get there.